Missing man thrown from boat in accident identified as influential pastor

A man from Baton Rouge is missing after a boating accident in Plaquemines Parish (Source: Google Maps)
A man from Baton Rouge is missing after a boating accident in Plaquemines Parish (Source: Google Maps)

PLAQUEMINES PARISH, LA (WAFB) - One man is dead and one man is still missing after a boating accident Wednesday morning in Plaquemines Parish.

Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) said a 27-foot boat capsized, throwing three men into the water. Two are from the Baton Rouge area, while the other is from Texas.

One of the men from the Baton Rouge area was able to get to shore with the man from Texas. However, the man from Texas died.

Officials continued searching Thursday for the third boater, an 85-year-old man from Baton Rouge.

The missing man, identified as Donald Tabb, is a very influential member of the faith-based community in Baton Rouge. Tabb helped start the widely popular Chapel on the Campus at LSU and also is one of the founders of what would become the Dunham School in Baton Rouge.

Last year, he was recognized at the Dunham School after being awarded the PAIDEIA Award for Pastoral Support of Christian Schooling. Tabb thanked the crowd gathered at Dunham that day and told them how much the school meant to him.

"You are fulfilling the dream of five ordinary men who got down on our knees to ask God to help us start a school that would honor Him and teach our children the things that needed to be taught," he said. "God has answered that prayer. It is my privilege to be associated with what I believe is one of the greatest schools in America - The Dunham School."

The Chapel on the Campus was founded by Tabb and others in 1972. Tabb was the founding pastor. The church website says it was founded by "a group of people who were concerned for the spiritual needs of students on the LSU campus."

According to the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office, the incident happened at Southwest Pass near Port Eads just before 9 a.m. They say when they arrived on scene, the boat had already sunk.

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